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Shengwei Sun

Shengwei Sun

Student Research Affiliate

2112 Parren J Mitchell Art-Sociology
College Park , MD 20742


  1. M.A. Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, 2014
  2. B.A. Politics and Gender Studies, Scripps College, 2012


Shengwei Sun's research seeks to understand how changing socioeconomic contexts – such as shifting labor market structures and social organization of care – shape gender, race, and class inequalities in both work and family arenas. With support from the NSF dissertation improvement grant, her dissertation focuses on the expanding paid care work sector as a key terrain to examine intersecting inequalities in the U.S. and China. She is also involved with a research project examining how local economic contexts moderate the racial and class disparities in family formation and unemployment dynamics among young adults. Her interest in precarious employment has led her to engage in another project that investigates the changing association between job quality and wages in the context of increasing proliferation of low-paid, precarious jobs in the United States.

In another line of research, Shengwei seeks to advance both theoretical and empirical understanding of the changing, multifaceted gender inequality during China’s transformation from socialism to a market economy. To this end, she employs various methodologies, including: 1) systematic content analysis of mainstream magazine articles to examine the changing gender discourse in post-socialist urban China (published in the Journal of Marriage and Family); 2) longitudinal survey analysis to examine cohort variations in urban women’s employment trajectories (published in Social Science Research); and 3) theoretically grounded review on the continuity and change in the patterns and sources of gender inequality (published in Sex Roles).




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